Leeds United winger Jack Harrison is doing nothing to justify playing ahead of Jack Clarke.
The consensus among Leeds United fans is that Jack Harrison had a very Jack Harrison-like performance today.
The Whites drew 0-0 at Sheffield Wednesday in a game that both sides could have won if not for their respective goalkeepers.
The Owls’ Keiren Westwood pulled off a particularly brilliant stop on the stroke of half time, tipping Patrick Bamford’s header past the post after a brilliant cross from Harrison.
That’s about all Harrison did during 90 minutes and Leeds fans were quick to criticise him on Twitter straight after the game.
Harrison, on loan from Manchester City, saw plenty of the ball as usual, but there was a lack of end product and with one goal in 14 Championship games now, surely Marcelo Bielsa must consider bringing Jack Clarke back into the first XI.
Strangely, the 18-year-old hasn’t played a minute of Championship football since returning from Tottenham Hotspur on loan this past summer – and hasn’t started a league game since February.
It’s a bit of a mystery and the question is, can he be much worse than Harrison right now? Surely not. Having warmed the bench all season, being an unused sub in eight Championship games, he must be champing at the bit to prove a point to Bielsa.
In short, he simply has to be a lot hungrier than Harrison at this moment in time. This might be Bielsa’s fault because there doesn’t appear to be any repercussions of playing badly, by virtue of the fact that Harrison and Bamford are in the first XI every single week no matter what they played like previously.
These aren’t good messages that the Leeds boss is sending out. There isn’t as much pressure on Bielsa to play Clarke as there is, say, Eddie Nketiah, but it’s getting to that point.
Bielsa doesn’t want to find himself in a position where the supporters are demanding Nketiah and Clarke to play. It’ll only add to a sense of tension, and Bielsa must beat them to the punch regarding the Spurs winger.